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UL Yellow Card Plastics Recognition Program

A globally recognized program that provides third-party certification about the quality, safety and performance of your plastic products.

UL’s Yellow Card, which indicates that a plastic has been tested to rigorous safety standards.

Overview

Plastics need to be tested for compliance to regulatory safety standards and the performance expectations of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

UL’s Plastics Recognition Program (Yellow Card) is a globally recognized safety and quality guarantee that can help demonstrate how your plastics have met a specific set of performance credentials. Plus, it can be used as a low-maintenance marketing tool.

Specifically, the UL Yellow Card lists multiple safety- and performance-related properties for a polymeric material tested by us to appropriate standards. It can also include additional performance credentials, e.g., Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) or Non-Halogenated (non-Hal), which verify industry requirements. Our card substantiates that a material is appropriate for defined applications and helps provide assurance that you are using a tested and certified material, which will be monitored at regular intervals by an independent test laboratory.

Features of our Yellow Card Plastics Recognition Program include:

  • A globally respected safety certification and quality information card
  • Additional performance credentials, e.g., RoHS or non-Hal, that verify industry requirements
  • An attached White Card associated with international standards that can be used for global promotion
  • A digital version of your card available via UL iQTM and UL Prospector

How to get a UL Yellow Card

A Yellow Card is issued when polymeric materials have successfully undergone our testing procedures and received a UL Recognized Component Mark. Our tests include:

  • Ignition and burning characteristics from thermal and electrical sources
  • Electrical, physical and mechanical characteristics
  • The effect of exposure to elevated temperatures, cold, water, ultraviolet rays, chemical fluids, etc.

Benefits

You can use our Yellow Card to promote the safety and quality of your products to existing and potential, customers. Yellow Cards are listed in the UL iQTM database and UL’s Prospector® database, which are used by thousands of designers, engineers and suppliers to find providers of recognized materials and components. Using UL tested and certified components, identifiable through the UL Recognized Components Mark on the Yellow Card, can also save you time and money. By eliminating the need for further material testing, it can shorten your path to certain certifications.

The White Card – boosting product discoverability

Our Yellow Cards are not limited to safety certifications. You can add additional value by increasing their coverage to include the performance properties that international customers are looking for. The White Card, an extension at the bottom of a Yellow Card, relates to global standards, as opposed to those only relevant in North America. In other words, receiving the White Card will enable you to showcase your product‘s performance credentials on a worldwide scale.

Why UL

We are a leading global provider for the production of test specimens, and testing and certification services for innovative plastics.

We have been testing plastics since 1941 and are proud to serve many of the world’s top plastics manufacturers. We work closely with plastic industry stakeholders to maintain and enhance existing UL Standards, establish new Standards, and develop certification and testing programs that address emerging technologies and product applications.

With vast expertise in safety science and in-depth experience across numerous industries, we are uniquely positioned to provide a complete view of how products function within a given system. This is particularly critical in the plastics and components industry. Interactions between substances, parts, systems and the environment in which they are expected to function in can be the cause of a significant number of hazards and failures, which are rarely apparent when components are tested individually.

Our worldwide presence allows us to provide local services with a global outlook and enables access to a network of experts in our customers’ target markets. We support our customers in their drive to protect public safety and brand value, mitigating their risk with quality assurance and supply chain compliance services. Our trustworthy reputation provides an important product differentiator in a crowded marketplace, communicating safety and quality to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), purchasers and regulatory authorities.

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